The Jakarta Post
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned people in Banten and West Java to remain vigilant as heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area in the coming days.
Agency head Dwikorita Karnawati said heavy rainfall on Wednesday was forecast to occur in the west of Banten.
“Rainfall with high intensity on Jan. 8 is forecast to occur in the west of Banten. Banten still needs to remain alert,” she told reporters after a coordination meeting on flood-rescue efforts in Jakarta on Tuesday.
“[Heavy rain will also occur] in the center and west of Central Java, as well as in Gorontalo on Wednesday until Thursday.”
Meanwhile, rainfall with high intensity from Thursday until Friday is forecast to occur in West Java, especially in its central and western areas.
“Thus, the only expansion in the predicted area is the west of Banten,” she said, adding that the seas from West Sumatra to Lampung were likely to experience similar rainfall. “So please, everyone be prepared,” she said.
The agency also forecast that rainfall of moderate to heavy intensity could potentially occur throughout the country in the week ahead, namely in southern Sumatra, the whole of Java Island, Bali, almost all of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.
The severe flooding that hit Greater Jakarta and Banten has affected over 500,000 people and claimed 67 lives, 31 in West Java, 20 in Banten and 16 in Jakarta.
About 14,535 people remained in shelters as of Tuesday at 6 a.m., according to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).